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Federal Drive Show Blog - June 25, 2013
Tuesday - 6/25/2013, 9:46am EDT
director of health care issues
Government Accountability Office
On Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launches a health insurance exchange in 34 states. People will be able to comparison shop for health insurance just like they do for airplane tickets on Orbitz or Expedia. It could help millions of underinsured Americans finally afford coverage. Can CMS deliver?
American Federation of Government Employees
Petrillo and Powell
When it comes to awarding contracts, the government's choices aren't always so cut and dried. Contracting officers and source selection committees have a lot of latitude in evaluating technology and other factors. Sometimes, losing bidders take a chance and protest discretionary awards. In one case, they prevailed when the judges didn't agree with the agency.
associate in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Security breaches often lead to the leakage of private information about people. When they hit a federal agency, the damage can be three-fold. There's the loss of data, reputation and money. Often agencies end up paying for credit monitoring services for thousands or even millions of people. Odia Kagan has written extensively about how federal agencies can protect personally identifiable information.
vice president for policy
Partnership for Public Service
Federal employees are feeling the squeeze of sequestration. But it's not just about furloughs; when programs are scaled back or eliminated, agency morale takes a dive too. One way to help is by focusing on a big task, instead of woe-is-me.
general manager, Readiness and Training Solutions Division,
Dynamics Research Corporation
Training doesn't have to be dull. That's why organizations are using a technique called gamification as a way to ignite employees' creative thinking. Instead of learning a new task, it feels like a game with rewards for doing good work. Ron Smits is the General Manager of Dynamics Research Corporation's Readiness and Training Solutions Division. He is responsible for developing flexible, interactive training and support products that enhance performance of mission essential operations.
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